Nebunele was founded in 2005 by Alissa Mortenson and Claytie Mason. Their mission was simply to create original, ensemble driven theatre in collaboration with artists that inspired them.
Since then, Nebunele has consistently redefined the limits of "the stage," crafting original performances everywhere from the indie theatres of Seattle, New York, and San Francisco, to hidden parks at sunrise, the tower of Riverside Church, the halls of a nursing home, or the playa at Burning Man.
With each new project, Nebunele starts from square one, deciding everything from where the show will be performed, to how (and sometimes whom) the audience will be. The venue and performances depend entirely on the artists and/or communities involved.
Nebunele continues to work with actors, visual artists, musicians, dancers, poets, writers, and directors from all over the world, supporting original theatre made in collaborative process.
Some of the communities Nebunele has collaborated with are: Burning Man, San Francisco Divafest, children and families dealing with terminal illness, eight women who share the name 'Ruth', Theatre for an Audience of One, Rob D'Arc Puppetry, The Vine Conference, New York, Boulder, and San Francisco Fringe Festivals, Bus 33 in Seattle, Conejo Valley Hospice
"Nebunele" is a Romanian word that translates, literally, to mean "little crazies." It is used to describe the little red berries that one should not eat, and can be used metaphorically to mean "wild and crazy women."